July 8, 2012 Decades of war, migration and chaotic sprawl have turned the Afghan capital into a barely functioning dust bowl. The city's tired infrastructure is crumbling; water, sewers and electricity are in short supply. Life in Kabul goes on, but the city seems to be nearing its breaking point.
July 8, 2012 Preserving historical sites in the Holy Land isn't just about tourism. For Israelis, biblical sites help justify why their country exists. Now Palestinians are seeking UN recognition by claiming some of the same places as part of their own history, and Israel is calling the effort an attempt to exploit those sites for political gain.
July 7, 2012 The star of Italy's Euro 2012 team is the Sicilian-born son of Ghanaian immigrants, raised by an adoptive, white Italian family. Mario Balotelli has been subjected to racism on and off the field. Now, his success is prompting a rethink in a country that's notorious for its hostility to immigrants.
July 7, 2012 The country has been designated a "major non-NATO ally," which will facilitate defense and security cooperation between the countries even after the U.S. withdraws combat troops.
July 6, 2012 Former members of Argentina's junta are convicted of stealing babies from political prisoners in the 1970s and 80s. The landmark case comes after decades of protests by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who fought relentlessly to find out the fate of their children and grandchildren.
July 6, 2012 In an exclusive report, NPR's Kelly McEvers visits the sites of the escalating U.S. airstrikes in Yemen. The air campaign has helped drive al-Qaida-linked fighters out of towns in southern Yemen. But residents say the civilian casualty toll has been high.
July 6, 2012 Nearly four decades later, there's some solace for the families of young women in Argentina who were killed after giving birth under orders from the country's then-dictators. The women's babies — Argentina's "stolen children" — were then handed over to loyal members of the military.
July 6, 2012 HIV rates among men who have gay sex in Kenya are three times higher than the national average. To curb those high transmission rates, health workers must first convince gay men to be open about their sex lives in a country where coming out of the closet can mean discrimination, violence and even jail.